Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting trial set for July; FBI confirms gun would not fire without pulling trigger |


Actor Alec Baldwin‘s manslaughter trial is set for July 10 for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming of the Western movie “Rust“, a New Mexico judge ruled on Monday.
Should his case reach trial, it would be remarkable as Hollywood has little precedent for an actor being held criminally responsible for an on-set shooting.Charges against Baldwin have been dropped once already.
Hutchins died when the reproduction Colt. 45 revolver Baldwin was rehearsing with inside a movie-set church outside Santa Fe fired a live round that also wounded director Joel Souza. “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez is standing trial for allegedly bringing the live Colt .45 round on set and failing to detect it due to what prosecutors called her “sloppy and unprofessional” work. She told police she loaded it into Baldwin’s gun, mistaking it for a dummy round.
Like Baldwin, Gutierrez faces an involuntary manslaughter charge. Her lawyers claim she is being scapegoated for the actor’s failure to follow firearms safety rules and a chaotic, low-budget production where industry safety guidelines were ignored.
On Monday, “Rust” camera crew member Ross Addiego told jurors that Gutierrez and first assistant director Dave Halls would skip firearms safety checks. Halls entered a plea deal last year and was convicted of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
“We were moving at ludicrous speeds,” said Addiego, adding that Gutierrez was “not as professional” as other armorers he had worked with.

Baldwin has denied responsibility for Hutchins’ death. His lawyers plan to file a motion for charges to be dismissed on grounds a grand jury failed to follow certain rules when it reinstated charges against him in January.
During Gutierrez’s trial on Monday, FBI firearms expert Bryce Ziegler said the Italian-made Pietta revolver Baldwin was holding would not fire when fully cocked without the trigger being pulled.
The testimony contrasted with Baldwin’s initial comments after the shooting. He told ABC television in December, 2021 that he cocked the gun but did not pull the trigger.
Charges were dropped against Baldwin last year after new evidence suggested the hammer might have been modified and the gun could have fired without the trigger being pulled.
Prosecutors called a grand jury to recharge Baldwin after an independent test of the single-action revolver confirmed the FBI’s findings that it would not discharge without a trigger pull.
Ziegler said he did not notice any modifications to the firearm when it arrived at the FBI labs in Quantico, Virginia.
“It was functioning normally when I received it,” he said.

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